End of ADS-L Digest - 6 May 1996 to 7 May 1996 ********************************************** There are 11 messages totalling 197 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. Stereotyping Texans 2. singular "we" 3. packy? (2) 4. More Texan-y Confessions 5. my address 6. maestra? 7. temporary shut-down (2) 8. Abstracts for Methods IX (2) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Wed, 8 May 1996 00:10:08 -0700 From: Rudy Troike Subject: Stereotyping Texans One might say, "Here we go again". There are of course many different kinds of Texans, and all of the linguistic maps make clear that East Texas is different from Central Texas is different from West Texas, and the Rio Grande Valley, where the purest English is spoken, is a world unto itself. So, who or what "sounds like a Texan"? For this Texan, there is emphatically a /y/ after /t/, /d/, and /n/ before /uw/ in words like Tuesday, due, and news, but I was saddened to note Jim Lehrer the other night saying /nuwz/ instead of /nyuwz/. A few years back when I was at UT, I regularly polled classes on the /hw/:/w/ contrast, and found it at about 50%. So half do and half don't, and all are Texans. I'm embarrassed to admit that I don't have the distinction, though my mother does. But then my greatest linguistic handicap at UT was not "sounding like a Texan". So, is a puzzlement.